Saving English One Word At A Time

Saving English One Word At A Time.

An English tutoring column by Ralph Schatzki who would like you to join him in the task of saving the language, step-by-step, word-by-word, one person at a time.

An Introduction

BRB! RUOK? No, these aren't word puzzles- at least not for many. Text-messaging, Twitter feeds, "artistic" shorthand- the English language is changing before our very eyes...and not always for the worse!

Still, there are certain things people say, write and do when using the English language that are, frankly, wrong. Many are not a big deal, some are more egregious, and others are just so unspeakably horrible they make me cringe.

My Mission

I will discuss these in a way that I hope is fun and educational, and most importantly in a way that (I hope) will effect change: often back to the way they were! Of course, I know my efforts might seem inconsequential compared to the billions of people who speak and write English, but if I can make a few things clearer then I will feel I have accomplished something worthwhile. And, if not? Well, just writing is helpful as catharsis.

In Conclusion

English is such a wonderful means of expression that it must be both preserved and enriched.

So, read on and be amused, enraged, enlightened, insulted, enthralled or bored.

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About Column Contributor

Ralph Schatzki

A proofreader, editor, author, math teacher and tutor, professional opera singer, ex-lawyer (by his own choice), sports fan, husband and father. He has lived on both American coasts, as well as in the southwest and midwest, and overseas in Thailand for more than thirteen years. He loves to read, write and perform, to watch sports, and to spend time with his family.
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